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The Truth About STD Risk, Prevention, and Management

**This article is geared towards MEN. Females will have similar presentations but are prone to other STDS that are not discussed here. Refer to your physician for clinical judgment and the appropriate medications. Nevertheless, this article is geared towards all individuals who want to learn the truth about STD risk, prevention, and management.

One important area of discussion your favorite PUA knows very little about it sexual diseases.

According to the “Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report” most recently released by the CDC, More than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis were reported in the United States in 2016, the highest number ever recorded yet.

With the rise of dating apps – Tinder, bumble, coffee meets bagel and increase in risky sexual behavior, STD rates will continue to rise.

Everyone knows you should wear a condom, but many are clueless on what to do if an infection occurs,

Factor in fake news about natural remedies, and you’re left totally clueless.

There are no “herbal” or “natural” remedies to help – you NEED to see a doctor. You will be given antibiotics, antiviral, or anti-fungal medicine and you need to complete your recommended dose.

The Truth About STD Risk, Prevention, and Management

truth about std risk, prevention, and management

Let’s start with the basics – Neiserria Gonorrhea (Commonly known as Gonorrhea) and  Chlamidya Trachomatis (Chlamidya) are the two most common sexually transmitted diseases and these are bacterial in origin.

With any bacterial disease – you are given antibiotics, but the kicker is you need to take the FULL course of the medication.

Active symptoms the bacterial load is over a threshold, however when the symptoms are gone, the disease is still there so prematurely ending your medicine can lead to its regrowth and resistance.

Alcohol – very commonly abused, decreases the effectiveness of the anti-bacterial medicines therefore also increasing resistance and regrowth. Both of these MAY  be present with pain during urination, white/yellow/green discharge from the penis and/or painful/swollen testicles.

Not all people are present with these symptoms therefore once again, we recommend consistent STD exams.

Since both of these can have similar presentation, your doctor will prescribe meds that work against both.

Next up is syphilis – this bug is easier to spot since you will see sores on the tip of your penis. These are painless therefore can be easily ignored. The lesions will heal on their own without treatment.

However, antibiotics are needed to prevent it from going to the second stage where you can get lesions around your mouth and/or genitals.

Additionally, you can get a slight rash anywhere on your body. Just like the prior bacterial diseases, see your physician to get a prescription for antibiotics, which you must finish.

The bug we all know – Herpes (Herpes Simplex).

This actually has 6 classifications but 2 and 3 are the ones associated with sexual activity.

Not all people have symptoms but the ones who do have vesicles around the genitals/rectum or mouth. Even with a condom on you can get this one, as direct body contact (pubic area rubbing their affected pubic area) can spread herpes infection.

Going down on a girl can present your lips/oral cavity with blisters.

As opposed to the prior two – this one is VIRAL and NOT CURABLE. The antivirals given just keep it at bay, YES FOLKS ONCE YOU GOT IT – IT STAYS FOREVER.

There are a few others that also infect men including Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, trichomoniasis, etc but these are not as common. If you haven’t gotten an STD exam done, get it done now and do it every 6 months. If you ever notice any sort of lesions, sores, indurations or red markings near your partner’s genitals, tuck your member back in and walk away. Before diving in, ALWAYS wear a condom. Abstain or limit oral sex as going down on the girl exposes your oral contents (mouth, larynx, pharynx) to these diseases.

For more information go to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website

https://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm

Check google images to get an idea of these diseases

Also refer to your physician for questions, diagnosis, and treatment.

This article was written by Kris Kapitol

4th year Medical Student

MPH – Public Health

BS – Molecular Biology

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